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2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards to be Presented, Oct. 2

The Boxcars top the list of nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 25th International Bluegrass Awards, with ten nominations for the band and its individual members. Awards in more than 20 categories will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. EST at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Memorial Auditorium). [To continue read the full article, click on the headline.]
Ohio Folk DJ Norm Whitman Retires

Ohio Folk DJ Norm Whitman Retires

After more than 30 years as a folk DJ on WYSO, public radio for the Miami Valley from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Norm Whitman signed off following his show Detours on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 27. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]

Nominees Named for 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards

With a combined five nominations, 18-year old Quinn Bachand and his Victoria, British Columbia-based group Brishen are the top nominees vying for 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards to be presented during a gala event at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on Nov. 29. Fellow BC-based instrumental artists The Fretless and vocal group The High Bar Gang also received multiple nominations, as did Quebecois instrumental group MAZ and Manitoba-based singer-songwriter Del Barber. [To continue reading the article and see the complete list of nominees in 19 categories, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs of August 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of August 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie was the most-played album on folk radio during August 2014 according to charts compiled from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. The 37-track, two-CD set released by Compass Records features various artists paying homage to the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter who influenced and inspired them and who many regard as “the mother of folk.” [Click on the headline to view the top albums and songs charts that are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com.]

FreshGrass Returns to MASS MoCA, Sept. 19-21

FreshGrass, a family-friendly bluegrass and roots music festival in the Berkshires of northwestern Massachusetts, is slated for Sept. 19-21, 2014. For three days and nights, the indoor galleries and outdoor courtyards and meadows of the Mass MoCA campus in North Adams will be filled with the sounds of banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolins and voices of traditionalists and trailblazers alike. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Folk Music Business Conference Set for Sept. 6, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia

Two regional affiliates of Folk Alliance International -- an association that seeks to foster and promote contemporary, traditional and multicultural folk music -- will host a joint one-day mini-conference on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. [For details on the event -- including a 10-act juried showcase that is open to the public -- click on the headline.]
AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Song Swaps at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Song Swaps at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

AcousticMusicScene.com hosts a series of late-night song swaps during the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, July 31-August 3, in partnership with Pirate Camp, which was informally launched by Stuart Kabak and the late Jack Hardy more than a decade ago to provide a warm and welcoming haven for sharing music, food and camaraderie. [To continue reading this festival preview and see the schedule for the AcousticMusicScene.com tent, click on the headline.]

Entries Sought for International Acoustic Music Awards

Entries are currently being accepted for the International Acoustic Music Awards. Now in its 11th year, the competition promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Awards will be presented in eight categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo, Folk/Americana/Roots/AAA, Instrumental, Bluegrass/Country, and an Open category (any musical style or genre). An overall Grand Prize winner also will be named. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Showcases at Huntington Folk Festival

AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Showcases at Huntington Folk Festival

The ninth annual Huntington Folk Festival is slated for Saturday, July 19, 2014, The free event, extending from 12 noon into late in the evening, at Huntington, New York's Heckscher Park, will feature an afternoon of unplugged showcases and song swaps, a hootenanny-style tribute to Pete Seeger, and an evening concert by Bobtown. [To continue reading this article and see the complete festival schedule, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs of June 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of June 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

The Red Album, the latest release by the New York-based female Americana roots trio Red Molly, was the most-played album on folk radio for a second consecutive month, according to charts compiled from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. The Red Album also sported four of the month's top songs. [To view the Top Albums and Songs charts, click on the headline.]

New Bedford Folk Festival Set for July 5-6, 2014

The New Bedford Folk Festival, formerly known as the Greater New Bedford Summerfest, is one of the Northeast’s most pleasant, refined and enjoyable music festivals. Slated for July 5-6, 2014 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and now in its 19th year, the family-oriented festival takes over the cobblestoned streets of this historic New England port city –- which is part of the Whaling National Historic Park. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]

Utah Folk DJ Pulls the Plug on “Fresh Folk”

After 14 years of hosting "Fresh Folk" on Utah Public Radio, Blair Larsen is calling it quits. Her last show -- featuring new releases from acoustic-based artists engaged in folk, blues, bluegrass and Celtic music -- will be broadcast on Saturday, July 19 at 8 p.m. MST. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]